General Muscle Weakness

Have you noticed your beloved seniors lost interest in the activities they used to enjoy? Do they look weaker than they were? Do they struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness? Well this is a normal symptom of aging. There are many problems associated with these symptoms such as muscle weakness.

Muscle weakness is a lack of muscle strength. It happens when your effort doesn’t produce the needed muscle contraction or movement.

Whether you are ill or simply need rest, short-term muscle weakness happens to nearly everyone at some point. A tough workout, for instance, will exhaust your muscles until you’ve given them a chance to recover with rest.

But if you develop persistent muscle weakness, particularly if there this no apparent cause or explanation, it may be a sign of an underlying health problem.

The brain and the spinal cord are connected to the muscles via the nerves. They control them via these nerves. Hence, if there is a problem in the brain or the spinal cord or the nerves, muscles may become weak or even paralyzed.

Many health conditions can cause muscle weakness. Examples include:

  • Low exercise and physical activities
  • Prolonged bed rest or immobilization
  • Aging
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson disease.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Congenital Diseases associated with Hypotonia (lack of muscle tone present at birth)
  • Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune and muscular disorder
  • Peripheral neuropathy (damage to peripheral nerves)
  • Neuralgia, or sharp burning or pain in one or more of your nerves
  • Polymyositis, or chronic muscle inflammation
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (a disease with sudden damage to nerves)
  • Reduced function of the thyroid
  • Elevated calcium in your blood
  • Rheumatic fever

General muscle weakness is a common problem in seniors. It happened due to aging, lack of exercise, reduce physical activates and if there is a muscle, ligament or bone injuries. It can also occur with long-term conditions like cardiac, liver, renal and respiratory diseases.

Lack of muscle fitness is one of the most common causes of muscle weakness. It may occur as a result of an inactive (sedentary) lifestyle. If the muscles are not used, then the muscle fibers are partially replaced with fat.

Weakness means loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance, and reduce physical function that leads to decreased everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs etc.

While most people think they have to accept this as the natural consequence of being old, this belief is wrong. It is frustrating to be unable to do the things you could manage before. 

There are some problems that might happen if the muscle weakness is not managed wright. This includes:

  • Muscles will become smaller, weaker, and flaccid.
  • Partial or complete loss of movement and physical activities
  • Joints stiffness because of immobility.
  • Increase of fall risk specially with elderly.

Many elderly people exercise alone or with the help of a physical trainer. However, particularly if they have some medical conditions it is advisable to have a plan with a professional physical therapy.

Venta’s Physical Therapy team can help individuals experiencing general muscle weakness restore their strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and overall mobility, reduce their chronic pain, and improve their daily function.

We will design a treatment program based on your condition to help you regain the strength needed to return to enjoyable and important daily physical activities. Our physical therapist will work with you to safely get you moving again. This program will be done also as a tailored home program accomplished with all the education materials you and your family will need to know.

Leave a comment